A mommy makeover is performed 1 year post-partum or later when a woman has experienced changes to the abdomen or breasts, such as skin laxity or muscle separation. A combination of abdominal contouring and reshaping of the breasts will involve either liposuction and breast lift techniques or abdominoplasty and breast lift.
Candidates for a mommy makeover are women who wish to restore the contours of their bodies to their pre-baby appearance. They are at a stable weight with no plans for future children. Preferably, patients are within 30% of their ideal weight.
If a woman does have plans to add to her family, it will likely be suggested she wait to undergo the procedure until a later date. Weight gain will diminish the ability to maintain optimal results.
Regular exercise and a weight stabilizing diet are the best way to preserve successful outcomes over the long term.
Mommy makeovers are conducted at a certified outpatient facility. Surgery typically takes 6 hours, but the length of the procedure can vary depending on the specific techniques used and the degree of improvement desired. General anesthesia is used to maximize patient comfort.
Scarring is able to be concealed because incisions made during the procedure will be positioned within the natural creases of the body and within garment lines.
- Common techniques used during the mommy makeover include the following:
Localized fatty deposits are common following weight gain from pregnancy. It can seem as though the tummy area is the last area to return to its previous appearance, and sometimes, no matter how motivated the person is, it never happens.
Fat in a specific area of the body cannot be targeted with exercise, so other techniques must be employed. Liposuction of the abdomen is an effective way to permanently remove unwanted fat cells. Depending on the specific kind of liposuction performed (tumescent, super-wet, or ultrasound), the targeted area will either be injected with a fluid including anesthetic, epinephrine and saline or the fatty deposits will be melted with ultrasound energy before being suctioned out.
Often liposuction is not enough to restore the waistline. Pregnancy can cause the abdominal muscles to become separated and skin to become too lax to shrink back to a leaner contour. Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck as it is also called, corrects both of these issues.
The abdominal muscles are repositioned and held in place with sutures. Tightening and excision of the skin improves sagging between the pubic hairline and the belly button. Skin of the upper abdomen may also be addressed if necessary.
Breast lift, or mastopexy, enhances the contour of the breast by raising it to a higher and more youthful position. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause the tissue to lose elasticity, which results in drooping. A circumferential or inverted-T incision may be used, depending on the anatomy of the patient.
Excess skin is also removed and the areola may be reduced in size or repositioned. Breast lift does not improve volume. For that, a breast augmentation is necessary. Fat grafting to the breast is also a possibility depending on the individual patient.
Ten to fourteen days is the general guideline for recovery following a mommy makeover. By the end of the two weeks most patients are able to return to work. Between two and four weeks, most exercise and strenuous activities can be resumed.
Any stitches used to close incisions will be removed between five and ten days. During recovery, patients should expect to experience some swelling, bruising, and tenderness in the affected sites.
Selecting a board certified plastic surgeon and being upfront about your medical history will reduce your risk of complications. Bleeding and infection are rare complications that can occur.
Irregular scarring with a reddish and/or raised appearance can be cause for revision. Fortunately, most complications occur very infrequently.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is a set of surgical procedures, designed to restore a more youthful figure and contoured appearance. Often, a Mommy Makeover is used to improve the body after pregnancy. The set of procedures may include Breast Augmentation, a Tummy Tuck, and Liposuction; although Dr. Kessler can tailor the surgery to a patient’s individual needs.
How is the Mommy Makeover performed?
How a Mommy Makeover is performed will vary according to each patient’s needs. Generally, Dr. Kessler will make an incision above the public line. From here he will eliminate excess fat and skin, reposition the abdominal muscles so it is flat and smooth. If Breast Implants are utilized, an incision will be made around the areola, or under the breast crease. Saline or Silicone implants will then be inserted. Liposuction is performed with a small cannula (tube) inserted in an area, which then suctions out fatty tissue. Dr. Kessler can use these techniques to beautifully sculpt the body.
Who is a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
A good candidate for the Mommy Makeover is a patient in good health, frustrated by a the loss of their figure. Women are encouraged to have finished having children, to better keep their improved physique.
Where is the Mommy Makeover performed?
Dr. Kessler performs all of his Mommy Makeover procedures at the nearby Starpoint Surgery Center, or a local area hospital. The Mommy Makeover normally includes a one to two night stay at a recovery center, to improve a patient’s comfort.
What type of anesthesia is used during the Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is performed under general anesthesia.
How long is a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover can last between four and seven hours, depending on the needs of each patient.
What can I expect from the Mommy Makeover recovery period?
Patients need to expect a six week recovery period after their Mommy Makeover. There will be swelling, bruising, and moderate discomfort during the first week to two weeks. Dr. Kessler will prescribe appropriate pain medications during this time, to keep patients comfortable. Sutures are generally removed in seven to ten days.
When can I return to work after a Mommy Makeover?
Normally, patients are well enough to return to work seven to fourteen days after their Mommy Makeover.
Will there be scarring after my Mommy Makeover?
Yes, scarring will occur after a Mommy Makeover. These can fade over time, but will remain noticeable. Dr. Kessler will position the incisions to allow swimwear and clothing to cover the scars well.
What are the risks of a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is an invasive procedure, with risks involved. While rare, these can include infection, excessive bleeding, asymmetry, and scarring.
Can I finance my Mommy Makeover?
Dr. Kessler is proud to offer patients the option of medical financing through CareCredit. Easy to apply for online, an acceptance will be immediate, and patients can start using their line of credit right away.